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Old 13-02-2018, 13:56   #1
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Moorings charter: Nassau to Exumas

Hello all, I'm contemplating a 1 week bareboat charter from Moorings, specifically the 433 (Leopard 43PC powercat). I have a number of questions:

1) Thinking of March to May timeframe, is there any specific time that would be best weather wise?

2) Assuming I want to make it as far as Staniel Cay and back, is 7 days enough? Is 5 days enough?

3) My marine charts show approx 75 nm between Nassau and Staniel Cay, so one thought was to motor down on day 1 and slowly cruise back. Is this a good strategy?

4) I own a 26' sail boat, cruising on Lake Ontario, but have never handled a 40' cat, and never cruised in the caribbean. Is there any reason for outsized concern?
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Old 13-02-2018, 17:38   #2
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Re: Moorings charter: Nassau to Exumas

I’m a Moorings PowerCat owner. No worries with your plan on any front. Weather should be good, although May better than March. 75 Miles is easy. And that Boat is very easy to operate and maneuver. You’ll love it.
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Re: Moorings charter: Nassau to Exumas

Thanks David, that's great to hear. A couple of follow up questions if you don't mind:

1) One of the reasons for choosing the powercat is that it seems like there is great 360 visibility for docking on the flybridge. Would you agree?

2) Is it fair to say that nav charts are pretty accurate for this route? Particularly with only a 3' draft? Any challenging spots?

3) Are there plenty of docking choices along the way that can accommodate a cat? My preference will be to dock each night rather than anchoring.

4) Do you experience any windage issues with the PC? I have read that strong winds can come in without warning and these boats are pretty tall.

Thanks!
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Re: Moorings charter: Nassau to Exumas

I can't answer the powercat questions but both April and May are unlikely to have wind problems.

Your draft will make this easy. If you want to go into tricky places that no one goes get a set of the Explorer chart books but otherwise the chartplotter plus Active Captain on an Ipad will be enough.

Best marinas in your stretch would be Highborne, Compass Cay and Staniel Cay. Each nice with something special to offer. They don't have a lot of cat slips so call ahead. But also think about picking up moorings at Leverick Wells and Cambridge Cay. Easier, prettier and less expensive than docking. And finally, anchoring in the Bahamas if very easy. Sand bottoms and little tide. If you are nervous, check the weather reports for a night where the wind is not expected to change direction (or increase) overnight.

Five days will seem very rushed. Remember, you effectively lose the first and last day of a charter. If possible, go for 9 days and downshift.
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Thanks again. 7 days is pretty much the max we can all get together for. I don't suppose Moorings offers a repositioning / one-way type rental do they?

What do you mean by losing the first and last day - is it a requirement to be in Nassau port those days, or just a really good idea?
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What do you mean by losing the first and last day - is it a requirement to be in Nassau port those days, or just a really good idea?
The boat will be in Nassau. You will arrive, fill out paper work, go over the boat, load your stuff, provision. Your first day is lost. The last day to cruise back into Nassau, tie-up, unload, there will be a 'check-out' process.

I doubt you'll head out the first day. I doubt you'll roll in a 8 pm on the last day.
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Agreed on the first night, I wasn't necessarily planning on staying the last night on the boat in Nassau but its probably better to plan for it and leave a little slack.

Nassau->Staniel->Compass->Warderick Wells->Highborne seems like a decent 5 night itinerary leaving 2 slack nights (one of which might be a final night in Nassau, and one might be around Shroud/Norman Cay? or an extra day anywhere)
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